With a background in gymnastics and bodybuilding Joseph Pilates was a true visionary of modern day fitness training. His movements focused on awareness of breath and alignment of the spine. He opened his Pilates studio in New York following the war and it quickly became popular with dancers and ballerinas.

Gathered here are some of his best quotes:

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”

“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.”

“Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.”

“You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.“

“It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.”

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.“

“Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it.”

“Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things”

“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.“

“True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed.“

His backstory is a truly fascinating read – check out more on his Wikipedia page here .

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Teresa Laiseca

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